Victory was comfortable as Aston Villa confirmed group-stage football on their return to European action after a 13-year absenceAston Villa cruised past Hibernian at Villa Park to book their place in the Europa Conference League group stage.
Sealing their spot was little more than a formality for Villa, who led 5-0 on aggregate after thrashing Hibs in the first leg.
Jhon Duran set the tone for an easy night for the hosts with a 12th-minute opener.
Leon Bailey and Matty Cash extended the advantage for Unai Emery’s men as Hibs crumbled under Villa’s pressure.
Hibs, still searching for a manager after last weekend’s sacking of Lee Johnson, rarely found a path through the hosts’ back line.
Villa found themselves in near-total control of the ball and brushed past the visitors’ defence with ease.
Bailey tucked home a powerful finish from close range before the break while Cash turned home when David Marshall failed to clear a Bailey free-kick in the second half.Emery’s side’s group-stage opponents will be revealed in Friday’s draw, which takes place at 13.30 BST.
Relive Aston Villa’s victory over Hibernian as it happenedAll the best Aston Villa news and views in one placeGo straight to our Hibs pageVilla back firing after early setbackEmery’s men can confidently say they have bounced back from their 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Newcastle United on the Premier League’s opening day.
They have since beaten Everton and Burnley, recorded an 8-0 aggregate victory over two legs against Hibs, and will feel positive about their future prospects in Europe.
The impressive performance of 17-year-old debutant Omari Kellyman, who registered an assist and came close to scoring a goal of his own near the end of the game, should leave Emery enthused about the depth in his ranks.
He was able to make six changes from the team who won against Everton and inflicted second-half damage on Hibs with the introduction of goalscorer Cash, Diego Carlos, John McGinn and Ollie Watkins.
Victory was dominant for Villa as they reduced the visitors to just a single shot on target.
Emery’s immediate attention will turn to Sunday’s league fixture away to Liverpool before his side then return to action later in September after the international break.
Their first Conference League game will then take place on 21 September.
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Aston VillaSquad number25Player nameOlsen
Squad number16Player nameChambers
Squad number4Player nameKonsa
Squad number14Player nameP Torres
Squad number31Player nameBailey
Squad number44Player nameKamara
Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz
Squad number8Player nameTielemans
Squad number56Player nameRevan
Squad number71Player nameKellyman
Squad number24Player nameDurán
Squad number2Player nameCash
Squad number3Player nameDiego Carlos
Squad number7Player nameMcGinn
Squad number11Player nameWatkins
Squad number32Player nameDendoncker
HibernianSquad number1Player nameMarshall
Squad number33Player nameBushiri
Squad number4Player nameHanlon
Squad number16Player nameStevenson
Squad number2Player nameMiller
Squad number14Player nameJeggo
Squad number11Player nameNewell
Squad number21Player nameObita
Squad number32Player nameCampbell
Squad number7Player nameYouan
Squad number23Player nameDoidge
Squad number5Player nameFish
Squad number10Player nameBoyle
Squad number19Player nameLe Fondre
Squad number28Player nameDelferrière
Squad number35Player nameMolotnikov
Line-upsAston VillaFormation 3-5-2
25Olsen16Chambers4KonsaSubstituted forCashat 45’minutes14P TorresSubstituted forDiego Carlosat 63’minutes31Bailey44KamaraSubstituted forMcGinnat 45’minutes6Douglas LuizSubstituted forDendonckerat 69’minutes8Tielemans56Revan71Kellyman24DuránSubstituted forWatkinsat 62’minutesSubstitutes2Cash3Diego Carlos7McGinn11Watkins12Digne19Diaby32Dendoncker42Marschall48Zych58O’Reilly59FeeneyHibernianFormation 3-4-2-1
1Marshall33Bushiri4Hanlon16Stevenson2MillerBooked at 69mins14Jeggo11NewellSubstituted forDelferrièreat 65’minutes21ObitaSubstituted forFishat 54’minutes32CampbellSubstituted forMolotnikovat 89’minutes7YouanSubstituted forBoyleat 65’minutes23DoidgeSubstituted forLe Fondreat 54’minutesSubstitutes5Fish9Vente10Boyle19Le Fondre25Boruc26Harbottle28Delferrière31Johnson35Molotnikov40McAllister42Megwa44MacIntyreLive TextMatch ends, Aston Villa 3, Hibernian 0.
Second Half ends, Aston Villa 3, Hibernian 0.
John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rudi Molotnikov (Hibernian).
Attempt saved. Matty Cash (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Bailey.
Youri Tielemans (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jimmy Jeggo (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. John McGinn (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ollie Watkins with a headed pass.
Substitution, Hibernian. Rudi Molotnikov replaces Josh Campbell.
Attempt missed. Omari Kellyman (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by John McGinn.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Robin Olsen (Aston Villa).
Foul by Matty Cash (Aston Villa).
Martin Boyle (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Calum Chambers (Aston Villa).
Adam Le Fondre (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match because of an injury Martin Boyle (Hibernian).
Attempt blocked. John McGinn (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Bailey.
Offside, Hibernian. Jimmy Jeggo tries a through ball, but Martin Boyle is caught offside.